More Malaysian customs officers may be nabbed over drug syndicate links

More Malaysian customs officers may be nabbed over drug syndicate links

KUALA LUMPUR - More Customs Department personnel may be hauled in over their possible involvement with international drug syndicates.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said initial investigations revealed that such activity might not only be occurring at the KL International Airport where four senior Customs officers were recently nabbed after being found to be working with syndicate members from Nigeria and India to smuggle in drugs.

"We are monitoring other airports as well as other main ports in the country," he added.

At the press conference after the launching of the Integrated Public Agency Complaints Monitoring System (i-SPAAA) in Bukit Aman here yesterday, Khalid said those found working in concert with drug syndicates would be brought to justice.

He said Bukit Aman was to begin a crackdown on the treacherous acti­vity.

"With more Customs personnel and officers to be called in to assist investigations, I am not ruling out the possibility that more arrests will be made," he said.

Khalid also did not rule out the possibility of other enforcement agencies being in cahoots with drug syndicates.

"It is still early in the investigations but rest assured we will arrest those responsible without fear or favour," he said.

It was previously reported that four senior Customs Dep­artment officers were nabbed for working with two international syndicates.

The Customs officers, who were highly paid, are believed to be hired by syndicate members from Nigeria and India to smuggle drugs into the country.

On another matter, Khalid warned that those who glorify or participate in any activity related to Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ellam (LTTE) would be arrested as the group has been labelled as terrorists by the United Nations (UN).

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